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Peking Man

subspecies of the genus Homo (fossil)

Peking Man (currently Homo erectus pekinensis) is an example of Homo erectus. The remains were first found between in 1923 and 1937 during excavations at Zhoukoudian near Beijing, in China.

Peking Man
Temporal range: Pleistocene
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Bust of Peking Man on permanent display at Zhoukoudian
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In 2009 the finds were dated from roughly 750,000 years ago,[1] and a new 26Al/10Be dating suggests they are in the range of 680,000–780,000 years old.[2][3]

The original fossils disappeared in 1941, but casts and descriptions remain. They show that this subspecies looked similar to modern humans and Neanderthals, and used stone tools. Most likely fire was used, and it is currently unknown if interbreeding was between Homo erectus and Homo sapiens, and if this is an ancestor or member of the Denisovan peoples of East Asia. No religious or symbolic findings are yet associated with this subspecies.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Paul Rincon (2009). "'Peking Man' older than thought". BBC News. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  2. Shen, G; Gao, X; Gao, B; Granger, De (2009). "Age of Zhoukoudian Homo erectus determined with (26)Al/(10)Be burial dating". Nature 458 (7235): 198–200. doi:10.1038/nature07741. ISSN 0028-0836. PMID 19279636. 
  3. "'Peking Man' older than thought". BBC News. 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2010.